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Winter Storm Good News For Oregon Ski Resorts.


The arrival of this week's winter storm may be difficult for businesses, but it's a boost for Oregon ski resorts.

It's been hard for Hoodoo Manager Mathew McFarland to trust the weather forecasts this year.

McFarland: "They've been saying we'll get, you know, three feet of snow; we get zero. They say expect no snow accumulation, and we get a foot or two. So, it's hard to say."

The recent snowfall is sticking, and it couldn't come at a better time. Hoodoo had planned hoped to open sometime early December, but they had to keep pushing the date back. The slopes finally opened Friday (today), but McFarland says the financial hit has been hard.

McFarland: "It's not the kind of thing that we will be able to recover from this year or even in two or three years. We’ve had to change our operating schedule to only being open four days a week. And we are having to cut back on days where, it's just to break even or operating at a loss. We definitely have to pay attention to the fact that we've been loosing money hand over fist for the last couple of months, and do what we can to recover from it."

McFarland says the resort will stay open as long as people want, maybe into April, or May.7 to 10 inches of snow is predicted for central Oregon this weekend. Willamette Pass currently has a 2" base and Mt. Bachelor has a 69" base at the lodge.

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